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Bobcat Hunting Meeting Tonight in Northampton!!

From: Stephen D.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 2:59 PM
There will be a meeting tonight at 6:30pm in Northampton about the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) plans to vote to drop a bobcat hunting quota in favor of unlimited killing during the bobcat "season". (See below for details and directions.) This meeting has been set in response to constituent opinion, and thanks to the intervention of Sen. Stan Rosenberg. Reportedly, the governing Board of the DFW has received 53 constituent letters in opposition to the proposal, and just 6 in favor. We are told that Ms. Bacon from Sen. Rosenberg's office will be present and that Sen. Rosenberg has already requested that the DFW Board postpone its scheduled 11/24 vote on this issue. However, it won't be known until the meeting on the 24th whether the vote will be delayed or not so at this point we must be at both meetings if at all possible. We will be there and ask you to do so as well. Please urge that the vote be delayed and that the current annual bobcat quota of 50 be REDUCED instead of removed. WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday November 17, 6:30- 7:30 pm Northampton City Council Chambers, 210 Main Street, Northampton, MA AGENDA: Presentation by Division Staff (20 minutes) Public Question and Answer Session (40 Minutes) DIRECTIONS: I-91 to exit 18. Left at the bottom of the exit onto Pleasant Street (Route 5). Left turn at the traffic signal at the intersection with Main Street. Northampton City Hall is on the left and the Council Chambers is behind City Hall; access is through the driveway to the right of City Hall. PARKING: Public Parking lots in Northampton are marked with green "P" signs: The Northampton Parking Garage is accessed from Pleasant Street; turn left onto Armory Street before the intersection with Main Street. There is a very small parking lot behind City Hall. Additionally, there are public parking lots below City Hall; turn left at Crafts Avenue on the left side of City Hall and down the hill. For far too long, many animal defenders have not taken the steps to stand up in public and let decision makers know their wishes. The hunters have no such reservations and that is why hunters basically call the shots at DFW even though they comprise less than 1% of the state's population. Please help us end that awful, bloody trend. For the animals, Helen & Steve

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